CUPERTINO, Calif., Sept. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Zend Technologies, Inc., the
PHP company, and creator of products and services supporting the development,
deployment and management of open source PHP-based applications, today
announced Zend Platform 2. This new version of the first-ever management
platform for PHP applications uniquely delivers the reliability, scalability
and interoperability required for business critical applications. Zend
Platform 2 brings enhanced application performance and simplified data
synchronization. New features include:
-- State-of-the-art session clustering, which dramatically improves web
application performance, uptime and response time
-- Enhanced PHP Intelligence modules, an unmatched back-in-time feature to
easily reproduce problems all the way to their source
-- PHP configuration cloning across servers
-- Faster, streamlined execution of PHP applications
Zend Platform was initially developed based on feedback from thousands of
Zend customers using open source PHP for their web applications, and seeking a
robust PHP application management solution to increase availability and ensure
rapid response time. Features in this new version make these customers' open
source PHP based web applications as scalable and as reliable as those
developed with commercial technologies today.
"Zend Platform 2 delivers the exact functionality and capabilities our
customers always wanted. They were instrumental in helping us focus on those
needs first and foremost," said Doron Gerstel, President and CEO, Zend
technologies, Inc. "Zend Platform 2 is the only management solution for PHP
offering Session Clustering to ensure superior PHP application performance and
response time required for mission critical applications. Zend Platform 2
makes their applications as competitive as those designed with commercial
solutions but at a fraction of the cost."
"Zend Platform 2 Session Clustering significantly improves the scalability
of our Web Cluster," said Mr. Stephan Esch, CTO and management member at
FreeNet, one of the most popular Internet providers and the largest PHP
cluster in Germany. "With the always increasing number of FreeNet users, it is
crucial to maintain our site's availability and ensure its response time for
continued user satisfaction. The Zend Session Clustering is far superior to
other existing mechanisms -- easier to operate and more fail-safe."
"The new manageability and performance features of Zend Platform 2 helps
to ensure that the Marktplaats.nl web site is available at all times," said
Mr. Bret Kelly, CTO at Marktplaats. Marktplaats.nl, the leading classified
marketplace in The Netherlands, and was recently acquired by eBay. "With Zend
Platform 2, we can address critical issues related to slow response time or
execution failures before they can affect our customers."
Session Clustering -- Unique Solution for Heavy User Loads
Many Zend customers run business critical heavy-duty PHP applications,
which are frequently put under heavy user load. These applications are usually
serviced by multi-server Web clusters running identical PHP applications. This
includes a load balancer between servers in a cluster, allowing applications
to scale as usage increases. Web cluster operators have experienced
performance degradation when adding more servers to their cluster in order to
address increased user load.
Zend Platform 2 is designed to provide a comprehensive solution to the
problem of synchronizing session data across a cluster in a cost effective
manner. With Zend Platform Session Clustering, session data is stored on the
server where sessions are established, and subsequently are delivered to other
servers in the cluster by requesting the session data from the original
server. It addresses all the issues encountered with other solutions, as far
as scalability, performance, security, and data integrity. For more detailed
information of Zend Platform Session Clustering, download the Zend Platform
Session Clustering white paper at: www.zend.com/platform.
Multi-User Support Made Easy
Zend Platform 2 also incorporates improvements in multi-user support for
configuration across nodes, and no longer requires access to individual nodes.
Configuration can now be done entirely through the Zend Central Server.
Database improvements include the addition of the embedded MySQL database
engine, support tool GUI, and the ability to open a support ticket from the
Zend Central console. Finally, an easier installation procedure is provided
for an upgraded experience.
Zend Platform is part of a complete Zend solution offering, supporting the
application life-cycle of PHP applications, which include: the leading PHP
IDE, Zend Studio, which is tightly integrated with Zend Platform; Zend Studio
Enterprise for development, testing and staging of PHP applications; Zend
Encoder to protect businesses intellectual property and code; Zend Safeguard
Suite to easily manage different licensing models for ISVs; Zend Core for
certified and supported PHP; Zend Training; Zend Professional Services and
Zend Network for first class support up to 24x7.
Pricing and Availability
Zend Platform 2 is available now through an aggressively priced
subscription plan, which includes expert technical support and year-long
access to updates and enhancements. For a single processor server, pricing is
$995 and $1495 for a two (or more) processors server. Zend Platform 2 is
available for Linux today and will support SPARC Solaris, FreeBSD and Mac OS
later in the month. Zend offers unlimited free support for Zend Platform 2
during the evaluation period.
About Zend Technologies, Inc.
Zend Technologies, Inc., the PHP company, is the leading provider of
products and services for developing, deploying and managing business-critical
PHP applications. Zend and its founders are the architects of PHP, which is
used by more than 22 million Web sites and has quickly become the most popular
language for building dynamic web applications. Deployed at more than
10,000 companies worldwide, the Zend family of products is a comprehensive
platform for supporting the entire lifecycle of PHP applications. Zend,
headquartered in Cupertino, California, is privately held and venture funded
with investments from Azure, Index, Intel Capital, Platinum, SAP Ventures and
Walden Israel. For more information, please visit www.zend.com, or call
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